Post-Holiday Art Party

We had this year's "post-holiday" party at Arlington's Art Lounge! It was a fun challenge working with a less familiar media - for some of us, at least - others are clearly more familiar and have kept up with their hand-rendering skills despite the rise of CAD & BIM!

 
Sara Briggs
Coppersmith Village Construction Progress (Part 2)

We have a couple of new photos from the construction site of Coppersmith Village to share - one that we received from NOAH, taken in the evening, making for very cool lighting. (And an update on construction progress.) The other, taken by our own Bob Wegener, shows the completed mock-up, including a sample of our final panel layout and color scheme.

 
Sara Briggs
Photography with Greig Cranna

Pine Street Inn: Wales St, Dorchester

Homeowner's Rehab: Allston St, Cambridge

We recently finished up a series of photo shoots with Greig Cranna, an architectural photographer with a similar focus to ours - including affordable and supportive housing. We got two great street shots of two smaller projects with Pine Street Inn and Homeowner's Rehab, Inc., as well as a longer shoot with the multi-building Patriot Homes in South Boston.

Besides the outdoor shots, we spent time in the shared common room in the old police station building (which is being put to good use, with its own growing library) as well as the new South Boston NDC offices, which are now located on the site of their newest property.

Greig was great to work with, and we're glad to have these new projects documented! Incidentally, we were lucky to fit all this work into Greig's schedule, as he's currently devoting most of his time to a book on bridges and urban identity, which was recently featured on ArchDaily. You can check out that project at the link below, or refer to his website for more of his residential work: crannaphoto.com

 
Sara Briggs
Coppersmith Village Construction Progress

A site visit to Coppersmith Village this morning produced some great construction photos. Coppersmith is The Narrow Gate's largest project to date, at over 106,000 square feet. 80,000 sf of that area is in our five-story, mixed use, midrise building, providing 56 rentable units. The remaining 26,000 sf is our set of 15 townhouses for home-ownership. Both buildings are 100% affordable! Our wonderful client for this job is NOAH - Neighborhood of Affordable Homes. You read more about it here: on our Coppersmith Village project page.

You can see the mockup coming along, as well as some cool formwork from earlier this month. Plus we have an overall shot of the site, to show the scale. Very exciting process! We'll post more photos as we take them.

 
Sara Briggs
Allston Street Preservation Award

Last month The Narrow Gate was honored to receive a Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for our work with Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. on 151-157 Allston Street, in Cambridge, MA. This project restored a six-family home destroyed in a nine-alarm fire to a new standard of energy efficiency, achieving LEED Platinum. We were excited last fall to share our success in the realm of sustainability (including a HERS rating of 29!) and now we're excited to receive this honor for the rest of our design.

You can read more about Allston Street and HRI's mission at the HRI/CNAHS website, or visit the Cambridge Housing Commission for a list of this year's award recipients, and some great before-and-after images of our work!

 Rebecca Schofield (HRI), David Flaschenriem (TNG), and Jane Carbone (HRI) accept the Preservation Award for 151-157 Allston Street.

Rebecca Schofield (HRI), David Flaschenriem (TNG), and Jane Carbone (HRI) accept the Preservation Award for 151-157 Allston Street.

 
Sara Briggs